This article is about the current route in Dartford. For the original route, through Ewell, see A2026 (Ewell).
The A2026 is basically the old A206, renumbered in 1993, from the new route of that road on the Dartford northern bypass into the Town Centre.
It starts on the current A206 roundabout. Although that road here is now D2, the A2026 remains S2.
The first section, Burnham Road, is quite insignificant. It passes a few industrial units before we come to a Shell Garage. There is little of interest, just a mixture of Victorian and '30 type' Semi's before you come to Priory Road. We are now parallel to the railway line (run by outer suburban Class 465 Networkers and inner suburban 376 Electrostars) whilst we pass a few car dealerships and other units.
An empty Victoria Road awaiting the Tour de France
The section from Priory Road to the second roundabout is called Victoria Road. This was where the Glaxo Wellcome drugs factory, an employer in Dartford for over 100 years, was based. At the roundabout, we TOTSO south towards the town centre - staying straight-on leads to the Temple Hill Estate, which is low density. We go under the railway at Dartford Station (the station is on a viaduct) and then we go by the rebuilt Prospect Place. Most of the tenants of the demolished retail units gained improved shops.
After a set of pedestrian lights, we arrive at the A226. Formerly you could only turn left as the road was a one-way loop but things have now changed. With the new Fastrack buses and the now two-way A226, you can go left or right. Left for the M25 and Gravesend or right for Crayford, Bexleyheath and London - although staying on the A206 would have been a better option for most of these.